HAPPINESS, FREE, FOR EVERYONE: CLOUD

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Cloud, 2014, Hardware cloth, cotton-polyester fiber filling, LED lights, and video projection.

Happiness, Free, for Everyone consists of six discrete parts to date: Cloud, Breathe on It, Luminiferous Aether, Aluminum Poof Can, the Silver Era and Caps of Metal. 

Happiness explores issues of control, artifice, and intersections of science fiction and science fact. Christopher Turner’s biography of Wilhelm Reich, Adventures in the Orgasmatron, provides source material for this ongoing multipart installation and video project. The title owes its name to the concluding line in the Strugatsky brother’s sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic. The collision of ideas originating from these two texts provides the conceptual basis for my interpretation of what the cloud once was—something to be controlled (by the human, Reich, specifically)—and what it is now—a collecting device for human data (to be watched by outside forces or the alien within us).

 

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Cloud, Documentation of installation at Recitation Gallery, University of Delaware, 2014.
Hardware cloth, cotton-polyester fiber filling, LED lights, and video projection.